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#1 Bryce Lansing

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 03:00 AM

I really wanted to get a 100' roll of the Eterna vivid 500T to load into still photo cassettes to shoot on my Nikon, but I don't know where to get it processed.

I read about how any rem-jet left on the film can practically destroy a C-41 lab's equipment, so I've been trying to find a photo lab that does ECN-2 processing. I've had no luck. Fotokem said they'd do them for me, but it would have to be enough rolls to add back up to a 100' roll.

It seems like it'd be a common stock testing option for DPs, so I'm surprised its not very easy to find a lab to do it. Does anyone know of any?
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#2 Dominic Case

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 07:06 PM

It seems like it'd be a common stock testing option for DPs, so I'm surprised its not very easy to find a lab to do it.

I think you will find that most labs will do it either if they are running tests for you ahead of a feature (it's no big deal if it brings a couple of hundred thousand feet of neg processing behind it); or if you pay a minimum charge (which is why Fotoken asked you to make it up to a hundred feet). I can't speak for any particular lab, but generally if you pay for 100 feet (and maybe a fixed surcharge as well) you'll get the film processed, even if it's only 5 feet.

If you find a lab at the right price, remember that when rolls of motion picture neg are processed, it is done on a continuous processor, and rolls are joined together overlapping by a few inches. With handling and trimming, you should expect to lose the first and last 4 or 5 frames on each roll (or not shoot them in the first place).
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#3 Bruce Taylor

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 09:01 PM

I don't know if they're still doing it, but A&I on Highland was offering this service a couple of years ago.

There were a lot of problems with their pre-loaded cassettes (very expired stock in at least some of them).

Might be worth a phone call.

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#4 Charles MacDonald

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 06:56 PM

I don't know if they're still doing it, but A&I on Highland was offering this service a couple of years ago.

Also call dale labs. They no longer make sildes from negatives but may still manage to run ECN-2 once a week. If dale does it,they use a photofinishing splicer and so can manage to run the whole cartridge. http://dalelabs.com/ Toll Free (800) 327-1776
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#5 K Borowski

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 02:52 PM

Dale is still running ECN-2 film. Surprisingly, most of what they get is old Seatle Filmworks ECN respooled for amateurs and long past the expiration date.

They'd probably be happy to get some fresh ECN film in.
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#6 Steve Zimmerman

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 01:49 PM

I called and emailed Dale Labs recently and they said they stopped processing ECN :( . I hope there is still someplace that can do this service

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> Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 12:59 PM
> We stopped processing the "process
> ECN" films. We still process regular
> film. Thanks for your inquiry.
>
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Dale is still running ECN-2 film. Surprisingly, most of what they get is old Seatle Filmworks ECN respooled for amateurs and long past the expiration date.

They'd probably be happy to get some fresh ECN film in.


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#7 K Borowski

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 02:01 AM

I just spoke with Dale today, and he said that they had ceased effective the end of September.

I am sorry my information is out of date.



One other thing: Spoke to someone, I think at one of the NYC labs, maybe summer of '08, so this could be out of date too, and they were saying they could do it for $9-10 per roll, if I recall correctly.

Of course, expect what Dominic describes: leader and footer damage at both ends of the rolls due to splicing/stapling damage.

Edited by Karl Borowski, 18 October 2009 - 02:03 AM.

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#8 Michael Waite

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 09:20 AM

In July this year these guys told me that they still process short rolls of ECN-2. I haven't used them, but they must be one of the last still offering the service. I'd be interested to hear from anyone with direct experience re the quality of their work.

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 09:49 PM

I recently learned that there's a lab in Sydney that processes short rolls of ECN-2. Neglab at Hurstville does it for $15 a roll, although I'm pretty sure that is process only and doesn't include a positive film print as A&I used to. Probably not of much interest to people in the USA, but I intend to use them.
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#10 Charles MacDonald

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 10:29 PM

I recently learned that there's a lab in Sydney that processes short rolls of ECN-2. Neglab at Hurstville does it for $15 a roll, although I'm pretty sure that is process only and doesn't include a positive film print as A&I used to. Probably not of much interest to people in the USA, but I intend to use them.

There web site does not seem to offer any Motion picture printing so I would imagine that they don't have anyway to do it.
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#11 Mario KURUC

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Posted 01 November 2010 - 11:50 AM

Hello all of you, I just recieved an email from Technicolor lab from London, that they do ESN - 2 bath, however it costs £52.
Does anybody know, who and where in London are able to do it cheaper ? I mean one test stock contains approx 30 - 40 images, so for student is £52 a bit expensive.

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 02:48 PM

same question for a different reason.

I've finally organized my office and I have a lot of filmstock tests and production stills on Eastman MP stocks. 5247 etc. Is there any need to save the negatives since RGB Labs closed? Is there a lab in the US that will print from ECN? How about digital scans?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 04:03 PM

same question for a different reason.

I've finally organized my office and I have a lot of filmstock tests and production stills on Eastman MP stocks. 5247 etc. Is there any need to save the negatives since RGB Labs closed? Is there a lab in the US that will print from ECN? How about digital scans?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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I think that since you have a lot that several labs might do it. Call lab in your area. How many do You have? times one hundred feet or so. You'll probably meet their minimum for processing
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#14 Nicholas Rapak

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 06:58 PM

A recent conversation on APUG, an analog still film forum, has determined that Cinelab in MA will process short lengths of ECN-2. I'm not sure about the price, and they will not print, but they said it will be "similar in price to C-41 developing", so ~$5
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#15 Charles MacDonald

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 08:39 PM

I've finally organized my office and I have a lot of filmstock tests and production stills on Eastman MP stocks. 5247 etc. Is there any need to save the negatives since RGB Labs closed? Is there a lab in the US that will print from ECN? How about digital scans?



If you have already processed the negatives, you will undoubtedly want to save them...They will be lower contrast than Still negatives but that is a small tweek to a digital printer. if they are in still format almost any still lab can work from the PROCESSED negative to make paper prints.
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